Poonam Raj Singh

Peace & Social Justice Educator for Adults & Youth

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Mamta Singh Annual Honorarium Workshop & Donation

Didi, I’m ok. Go do this work

Her name was Mamta and may we never forget her memory and may we always continue to honor her life.

Every year, I will bring a circle together, conduct a gifted workshop, & raise funds to a chosen organization in honor of my cousin sister Mamta Singh.

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Mamta died tragically at the age of 30 in 2016.

I grew up with Mamta. We shared many nights singing songs, talking all night, and doing makeovers in our bedroom. We had a special connection and a very sacred bond. It is the biggest honor of my life that she trusted me with her secrets. I always believed in her, and she will forever impact the trajectory of my life to focus on justice and alleviating harm done to anyone. She cared deeply about animals and women and children. Therefore, I will choose organizations that focus on women empowerment, girl empowerment, and the welfare of animals. I feel she is guiding me to do this. I will focus on disrupting the violence that many girls and women face, and the power and healing role that animals play.

Mamta was also really funny and a daring rule breaker, and I will always love her for that.

In 2017 and 2018, I have chosen Maitri as the organization for the honorarium workshop. I will be conducting a Theater of the Oppressed workshop for them on November 16th, 2018. During the workshop, we ‘ll offer a prayer and minute of silence to Mamta, and through the workshop we will provide healing energy that will transmit forward into the world.

https://maitri.org/

Our goal is to raise $1,000 for Maitri by December 24th, 2018, which is Mamta’s birthday. We’ll be using Facebook donations and you can find the donate link using the hashtag #inhonorofmamta.

Please take a moment to learn more about Maitri below. Please contact me below using the form provided below if you are interested in learning more about the workshop or donating to this organization.

If you are inspired to take action or have a story to share, please also share that here. We want to keep track of all the work we do in her honor to keep her memory alive, and this will provide her family a great deal of relief and support to know she is helping others.

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Maitri is a free, confidential, nonprofit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area, that primarily helps families from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka among others) facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, human trafficking or family conflict. We are non-discriminatory in our services with respect to gender, race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and all classifications protected by applicable state or federal discrimination laws.

https://maitri.org/

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Here are some pictures from this year’s workshop at Maitri:

A group picture at the close of our Theater of the Oppressed Session

A group picture at the close of our Theater of the Oppressed Session

Theater of the Oppressed is very interactive and requires everyone to move into their bodies to explore solutions to violence as they show up in the world and in ourselves.

Theater of the Oppressed is very interactive and requires everyone to move into their bodies to explore solutions to violence as they show up in the world and in ourselves.

Maitri is a group that really enjoys being together and having fun.

Maitri is a group that really enjoys being together and having fun.

Here is a scene Maitri staff member are acting out where they are practicing different strategies to violence, known as Forum Theater.

Here is a scene Maitri staff member are acting out where they are practicing different strategies to violence, known as Forum Theater.